Seresin Estate: Organically Biodynamic
A new world winery with an old world approach, Seresin Estate was founded in 1992 by cinematographer Michael Seresin. It was in the early 1990s when Michael had the desire to create a winery that produced wine in the most natural way possible with no compromise on quality. This innovation is still at the forefront of the company spirit and is very much reflected through the wines.
Michael Seresin’s initial passion for organic farming naturally progressed into biodynamics with Seresin Estate becoming one of New Zealand’s first biodynamic wine estates. Fully biodynamic certified since 2006, Seresin remains the largest organic/biodynamic wine estate in New Zealand. Biodiversity plays a key part in Seresin’s farming; the vineyards are planted alongside olive groves, orchards and vegetable gardens as well as a good proportion of the land being inhabited with livestock.
Situated on the Wairau river terraces of Marlborough, New Zealand, Seresin Estate comprises of 60 hectares of vines over three vineyards: Noa, Tatou and Raupo Creek.
Noa has 45 hectares located in the centre of the Wairau Valley and is where the winery and cellar is located. The soils are typically alluvial, free-draining Waimakariri, planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Riesling. The vineyard is also planted with olive groves and orchards which plays an important part in the Estate’s biodiversity.
Tatou is located slightly west of the Noa vineyard and spreads over 15 hectares. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are planted here on the alluvial shingle soils which produces charming concentrated aromatic wines.
The largest vineyard is Raupo Creek with 52 hectares of rich clay soils located in the foothills of the Omaka Valley to the south of the Wairau Valley. Though not all planted with vines, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Viognier are the main varieties grown here, with the grass land which is unsuitable for vine growth is put to great biodiversity use for sheep and cattle.
It is from these vineyards, the stunning wines that we love begin their journey, skilfully crafted in the winery by winemaker, Clive Douglas to produce delicious wines true to their region and terroir. Feeling tempted? If you love good wine, give them a try… All are available by the bottle, why not make up your own mixed wine tasting case.
Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Attractive nose of herbaceous and grassy undertones fused with gooseberry, passion fruit and minerals. More exotic fruit with a creamy complexity on the palate. Added fatness from a wee bit of Semillon that is well knitted together with plenty of freshness and minerality.
Seresin Estate Chardonnay 2014
Lovely nose of apples and pears, concentrated with rounded silky mouthfeel, good structure with a mineral backbone, hints of oak with an impressive focus. Good finish and length.
Seresin Estate ‘Leah’ Pinot Noir 2012
Our favourite of the Pinot Noirs we tasted… Our Princess Leah! The nose offers good concentration of summer berries with added damsons. Soft, subtle texture with blackcurrants, black raspberries and juicy damson. Rounded and generous yet well balanced with plenty of finesse and class. Marathon finish with a touch of toasted nutmeg.